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Twin Screw SS Baltic


Uncrated Car Baggage Tags

IMM Travellers Checks

‘The construction of larger liners and the demands of cabin class passengers for the comforts of home have made necessary a new standard at sea...

‘Removal of the old-style fixed chairs and large tables from the dining saloon and the substitution of armchairs and small tables is a feature of the overhauling program. Larger ships and better equipment make for greater stability, the line officials said, and these old features are no longer necessary.

‘Hot and cold water will be furnished in every cabin class stateroom of the Cedric and the Baltic.’ – New York Times, January 28th 1929.

By the late 1920s, Baltic and her sisters were converted to cabin class liners as they continued their reliable service in the face of increasing competition. The original first class accommodation became known as cabin, while second class became known as tourist (or tourist third) and third class retained its original name. In July 1928, the White Star Line published an unusual plan of Baltic’s cabin class accommodation (opens in new window), which highlighted the ship’s wonders.

Baltic Plan Cabin Accommodation

Baltic Cabin Boat Deck

Baltic Cabin Smoke Room

Clockwise, from top left: White Star’s accommodation plan had a rather plain cover; the spacious boat deck; the promenade deck, whose windows bore such a close resemblance to those in the officers’ quarters onboard Olympic (which were also white-painted in her later years); the cabin class drawing room; and the cabin class smoke room. (Author’s collection.)

Below, bottom: Baltic’s drawing room was situated at the forward starboard corner of the deckhouse on B-deck (also known as the ‘upper promenade deck’). A number of cabin class suite rooms with their own private bathroom facilities can also be seen. (Author’s collection.)

Baltic Cabin Drawing Room

Baltic Cabin Promenade Deck


Baltic B-deck Drawing Room


Left, below: One of the spacious cabin class twin staterooms, which also had an upper berth (seen at the top right). It was equipped with reading lamps and plenty of storage space. (Author’s collection.)

Right, below: Another spacious cabin class stateroom, which enjoyed the luxury of a double bed. A notable comfort by contemporary standards, it seems rather narrow for a double bed today. (Author’s collection.)


Baltic Cabin Twin Room


Baltic Cabin Double Bed Room


Left, below: Although creased, the impressive composition of the photo shows some interesting details from the cabin class dining saloon: ‘In the centre of this room is provided a dancing square of polished parquet under a stained glass dome two decks high, for the use of passengers in inclement weather. The saloon is equipped with small tables seating from two to eight persons’ . The scene at the left, on the forward end of the raised ceiling, is entitled Washington. (Author’s collection.)


Right, below: The cabin class dining saloon. Following experience with Celtic, the saloon onboard Cedric was enlarged slightly, but Baltic’s had to be even larger again in order to cope with the higher number of first class (later cabin) passengers. (Author’s collection.)

Baltic Cabin Dining Saloon

Baltic Cabin Dining Saloon Plan


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